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Carolyn Marcotte Crowley

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"With a commitment to professional excellence and a dedication to service, I vigorously invest in achieving successful outcomes and solving problems for my clients."



Carolyn primarily concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation. She represents clients in a variety of contexts in both state and federal courts, including securities and ERISA class-action litigation, defense of wage-and-hour class-action litigation, media-rights litigation, breach-of-contract and unfair-competition actions, trade-secret and noncompetition cases, and employment-discrimination and wrongful-termination suits. Carolyn is also retained by insurers to defend clients in various tort actions, including products-liability, personal-injury, and property-damage cases.

Carolyn has successfully represented clients in governmental investigations and administrative proceedings before various agencies, including the US Department of Labor, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as well as in state and federal court. She also advises clients on employment issues and counsels them on ways to avoid litigation as well as pre-litigation strategy to best achieve their business goals.

Bar Associations

  • Boston Bar Association, Member, 2019 Employment Law Conference Advisory Committee Member, and Former Law Day Steering Committee Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum

Representative Experience

  • Represented a university in connection with age-discrimination and related state-law claims brought by a former professor. Obtained a dismissal of the claims, which was affirmed by the First Circuit.
  • Represented a university in an arbitration involving a former professor's grievance that his notice of non-renewal was untimely and that he was entitled to another three-year contract. After nearly a four-day arbitration, we successfully obtained an arbitration award in favor of the university denying the former professor's grievance.
  • Obtained dismissal of whistleblower and wrongful termination claims on behalf of a national amenities service provider in Ohio State Court.
  • Represented a national point-of-payment company in connection with several complaints filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by individual blind persons and the National Federation of the Blind alleging discriminatory conduct arising from a claimed lack of access to credit-card payment systems in taxis. Assisted the client in negotiating a favorable resolution of the matter and the dismissal of all existing claims.
  • Obtained summary judgment and affirmed on appeal on behalf of an international consumer-products company dismissing a multi-million dollar breach-of-contract action in Pennsylvania State Court.
  • Defended a health care company and sales executive in the Southern District of New York with respect to wide-ranging noncompetition and trade-secret issues.
  • Represented a mechanical subcontractor in multi-party litigation arising from plaintiffs’ claims that the defendants performed negligent work in the construction of a condominium development.
  • Advised a local not-for-profit social-services organization regarding real estate tax abatement and exemption issues.
  • Counseled on a US Department of Labor investigation relating to the prudence of a profit-sharing plan’s investments.
  • First-chaired a pro bono civil-rights jury trial in the Northern District of New York.
  • Provides ongoing advice to an auto sales company regarding employment-related issues and litigation.
  • Represented a privately held investment advisor with respect to investigations conducted by the US Securities Exchange Commission, the USDOL, the US Department of Justice, and the NYS Attorney General.
  • Represented a privately held investment advisor in numerous lawsuits consolidated in the Southern District of New York arising out of a major Ponzi scheme.
  • Successfully represented a national media company in a news aggregation copyright and trademark-infringement case.
  • Represented an advanced technology company and its board of directors sued in federal court by a private equity firm after the company declined to proceed with a proposed sale of its assets. After intensive litigation, all claims asserted against the defendants were dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Represented a life insurance company in an interpleader action brought to resolve competing beneficiary claims.
  • Represented a regional newspaper in a successful effort to gain public access to civil recommitment proceedings involving an individual who had been found not guilty of murder by reason of mental illness.
  • Successfully represented a national broad-line food service distributor in breach of contract and unfair trade practices litigation with a group purchasing organization.
  • Represented a major national point-of-sale hardware and solutions provider in a trade-secret action brought to address the misappropriation of the clients’ confidential proprietary formation by former employees.
  • Obtained preliminary injunctive relief to recover the information taken and later obtained permanent injunctive relief and damages.
  • Represented a national high-tech services provider in wage-and-hour class-action litigation brought by computer service technicians.
  • Represented a regional newspaper in a successful effort to gain public access to court filings and a hearing on a temporary abuse restraining order against a deputy chief of police.
  • Represented an insurance entity association in complex breach of contract and fiduciary duty litigation against a national insurance-services firm.
  • Represented two reporters of a regional newspaper who were issued subpoenas to testify at trial and reveal confidential sources, which they ultimately were not required to disclose.
  • Litigated discrimination claims resulting in case being dismissed.
  • Litigated wage and hour claims and settled after mediation.
  • Litigated securities class action and ERISA claims against investment advisor to pension and benefit funds arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • Litigated EEOC claims of discrimination resulting in the case being dismissed.
  • Litigated EEOC claims of discrimination resulting in the case being withdrawn.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Senior Associate
  • Scibelli, Whiteley and Stanganelli, LLP, Associate
  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Certified Student Prosecutor
  • Department of Industrial Accidents, Workers’ Compensation Trust Fund, Clerk
  • Division of Administrative Law Appeals, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Clerk

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2022
  • Boston Bar Association, President’s Award, 2014

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Boston Bar Association Law Day in the Schools Program, "Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society"
  • Barclay Damon, "2019 Updates: MA Paid Family Medical Leave Law and NY Paid Family Leave Act" Webinar
  • Barclay Damon, “Restrictive Covenants and Noncompetition Law Developments: Are Noncompetition Agreements Still Enforceable?” Webinar

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